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There are lots of gimmicks and fads out there, but some of them are actually supported by valid studies. Our personal trainers in London and Berkshire try to encourage our clients to eat well and in moderation, but what you drink also has a huge effect on how you look and feel. Today’s cheat is green tea. A recent study by the University of Birmingham shows that by drinking green tea you can maximise the fat burned during exercise. Men who took a green tea extract before hitting the gym increased their fat burning rates by a whopping 17%. This is thought to be a result of the caffeine in the tea, as well as the high levels of catechins, which combine to produce a thermogenic effect which in turn plays a part in the control of body composition. Thermogenic comes from thermogenisis, or the production of heat, especially in humans and animals; more heat = more calories burned. Lean muscle mass also creates more heat and explains why I am always roasting and the missus is always freezing. So if you do some structured resistance training and have some green tea beforehand you will be cooking! Previous studies have also credited green tea with reducing appetite as well as lowering bad cholesterol.